A former leader’s histrionics, a party with an insatiable appetite for internecine conflict and a public at risk of switching off. It is not an enviable position for Malcolm Turnbull 12 months after snatching victory by a whisker

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Saturday night, 12 months ago, Malcolm Turnbull stood on a stage in a Sydney hotel, radiating fury about an election gone wrong. The long winter campaign of 2016 had not delivered vindication, or the clear mandate he’d sought. The Coalition would scrape back into power, but only just.

In the middle of this week, Turnbull surveyed journalists in Cooma with a not-dissimilar disposition to the one he’d had on election night. The prime minister wanted to talk about Snowy Hydro. Journalists wanted to talk about Tony Abbott.

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